Mercedes has confirmed it will launch its new 2012 car in the Circuit de Catalunya's pit lane on the opening morning of the second pre-season test next week.

8507 - Mercedes confirms launch date

The team turned up at last week's Jerez test in an interim version of last year's W02 in order to extend the gestation period of the new car in its Brackley factory. The W03 will break cover at 08:20 on Tuesday, February 21 before hitting the track at 09:00 at the start of the four day test at Barcelona.

Michael Schumacher will drive the car on Tuesday and Thursday while team-mate Nico Rosberg will drive on Wednesday and Friday.